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Just announced: Sun Ra Centennial Arkestra, 17th August.

Sun Ra Centennial Arkestra

17 August / 19:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 09:00

It’s a pleasure to welcome back one of the greatest big bands of all time - The Sun Ra Arkestra.

It is one hundred years ago this year that the legendary Sun Ra arrived on planet Earth. This is celebrated by the Sun Ra Centennial Dream Arkestra.

He stretched out swing orchestrations with screeching organs and synthesizers. He was also inspired by modern dance, Egyptian cosmology, surrealism, raw blues and African rhythms, to name just a few sources. Sun Ra built his own universe, in which jazz, spirituality and an unlimited imagination pushed forward the experiment. In 1993 he left planet Earth, at the age of 79, but his memory lives on in the Sun Ra Arkestra.

The Arkestra performs today led by 90-year young alto saxophonist and long-time Ra collaborator Marshall Allen. The mischievous brass blasts and the grooves keep rolling, as the big band – fully dressed, as usual, in space capes with a hint of Ancient Egypt – takes off once again in a joyous burst of tightly organised madness.

With such a massive, joyous songbook and the kind of well organised chaos that sees their legendary 3 hour sets move deftly between rolling grooves, sing-along chants and atonal blasts of mischievous brass, this promises to be one of the highlights of the summer.

Just announced: eMC, 27th October.

eMC

27 October / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

In 2008, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin formed eMC. The self-proclaimed supergroup debuted The Show to high praise but subsequently put the brakes all activity after an international tour. Now, following a sufficient hiatus, they’re back with new album The Turning Point and they’re heading to Band on the Wall.

EMC is comprised of four spectacular lyricists: the Midwest phenom “Stricklin”, the widely respected Lyricist Lounge duo “Punchline & Wordsworth”, and the legendary Brooklyn bred Juice Crew member “Masta Ace.” What makes this group so special is that it was basically formed at the request of the fans. Touring together, Strick, Punch, and Words all became very close and realised how natural it became to be on stage together. The fans recognized this chemistry as well and often asked if there was a group album planned in the future. Well ask no more! EMC is here and ready to take Hip Hop to places it has never been before

Great rhymes plus great beats equals great music! This is the formula and creed that these four emcees have chosen to live by.

Just announced: Bridge College Collective - A Day In The Life, 14th July.

 

Bridge College Collective - A Day In The Life

14 July / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale soon

Bridge College Collective present A Day In the Life

Bridge College is a non-residential specialist FE college. We meet the needs of students up to the age of 25 years with learning difficulties and disabilities, complex needs, communication disorders and autism.

At this special event, students aged 18 to 23 will be performing a wide range of well known songs from the 1960s to present day. Students have been rehearsing the material for the last three months and are keen to show the public their talents at the at Band on the Wall. During the music sessions Greg and Mike (Music teachers at Bridge) have witnessed some amazing achievements from Bridge College students and are extremely proud to present them on our stage. 

“I do love singing and signing. Dancing is also nice and fun.” Emma Student at Bridge College

“I like music when everybody gets together and practices different songs. It feels fine and happy.”  Luke Student at Bridge College

Just announced: Acoustic Bhuna feat Jamie Brewer and Ash Hunter, 4th July

 

Acoustic Bhuna feat Jamie Brewer and Ash Hunter, 4th July

04 July / 18:00 / More Info / FREE

Acoustic Bhuna, Band on the Wall’s free entry acoustic sessions - usually found in the Picturehouse on Sundays - presents a very special Friday night showcase.

Jamie Brewer is a breathtakingly skilled guitarist whose beautifully crafted songs are imbued with an emotive, spine-tingling musicality. A lap-tapping guitarist in the style of Andy McKee and Eric Mongrain, Jamie Brewer would not look out of place in the company if either of those fantastic players. With his video, 'Songbird' picking up thousands of youtube hits, the future's looking bright for Jamie. Catch him playing for free whilst you still can!

Hailing from Knutsford, Ash Hunter is the very epitome of the modern day folk song writer. Ash's songs are elegant, dreamy narratives of day-to-day life in his native Cheshire, with simple, poignant melodies interlacing beautifully with his spacious, melodic fingerpicking style.

 

Just announced: Bill Laurance Project Tour, 3-10 October 2014.

Bill Laurance Project

03 October / 19:30 / More Info / Bristol - St George's
04 October / 19:30 / More Info / Liverpool - Capstone Theatre
05 October / 19:30 / More Info / London - Ronnie Scott's
06 October / 19:30 / More Info / Birmingham - Glee Club
07 October / 19:30 / More Info / Manchester - Band on the Wall
08 October / 19:30 / More Info / Clitheroe - The Grand
09 October / 19:30 / More Info / Barton upon Humber - The Ropery Hall
10 October / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets / Southampton - Turner Sims

Band on the Wall, in association with Root Music presents Bill Laurance at venues across the UK this Autumn. Original member of the internationally acclaimed Snarky Puppy, Grammy Award winning pianist Bill Laurance released his debut album/DVD Flint in May to rave reviews.

“One of the most eagerly anticipated albums this year”Jazz FM

The live show features Snarky Puppy’s own Michael League (Bass) and Robert ‘Sput’ Searight (Drums) plus a string quartet. This long awaited awaited project brings together classical and jazz in a brilliantly original and exciting new context.

“This is the album I have been looking for ever since I started making music.” 
Bill Laurance

Part of the National Touring Scheme, in association with Root Music.

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